MLB POWER RANKINGS

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MLB Power Rankings: Week 18

By Shawn Ramsey

WEEK#    
Posted August 06, 2013 09:42 AM EDT

+5

San Diego Padres

-6

St. Louis Cardinals

FOX SPORTS MLB POWER RANKINGS

RK Team RECORD CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
1

68-46 2 1/20
The acquisition of Jake Peavy could help the Red Sox create some space between themselves and the Rays in the division if he continues to pitch well in his new home after a successful first start.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
2

66-45 - 2/22
Wil Myers has hit five home runs since the All-Star break entering the week, which is just part of the reason for the Rays' recent surge, putting them in a two-team race for the division with Boston.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
3

67-44 1 1/27
The Pirates beat the Cardinals in four of five games in impressive fashion to take a 1.5-game lead in the division entering the week and are looking poised to stay in that spot for the long haul.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
4

65-45 2 2/11
Luckily the Tigers dealt for Jose Iglesias at the deadline in preparation for Jhonny Peralta’s suspension, putting the Tigers ahead of a couple other teams who will also have suspended players.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
5

68-45 2 1/10
The Braves brought a 10-game winning streak into the new week and Chris Johnson’s .346 batting average is tops in the National League entering the week.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
6

64-47 1 2/17
The Athletics needed to hold off the Rangers to maintain their big lead in the AL West, but came up short only winning one of three over the weekend to cut their lead to 2.5 games entering the week.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
7

65-46 6 1/9
The Cardinals finally snapped a seven-game losing streak last week after losing the division lead to the Pirates. Luckily, at just 1.5 games back in the division, St. Louis luckily doesn’t have too much ground to make up.
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8

62-49 - 1/25
The Dodgers won their 14th straight road game after topping the Cubs on Sunday. We'll see if LA can continue to win without Ramirez, Puig, and Kemp, who are nursing injuries.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
9

62-50 2 5/26
The Indians have only lost once in their last 11 games and are set to face the Tigers for a crucial four-game series at home. At just three games back in the division, the Tribe could take over first place with a sweep.
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10

63-50 4 1/14
With Nelson Cruz accepting his suspension in the Biogenesis case, the Rangers will be without one of their best hitters in a lineup that has seen its struggles recently.
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11

61-51 2 4/15
Bud Norris joined the Orioles at the trade deadline to hopefully help solidify a rotation that hasn’t always been top notch this season. Baltimore is looking to qualify for the postseason for a second consecutive year.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
12

61-51 2 2/13
Reds right-handed hitting batters are struggling this season, which could link to the team’s placement in the NL Central behind the Pirates and Cardinals despite being 10 games over .500 entering the week.
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13

57-52 2 5/26
The Royals have been playing well in the second half, but unfortunately for Kansas City, so have the Tigers and Indians -- who are ahead of Kansas City in the AL Central.
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14

57-54 2 3/23
While the focus had been on whether or not Alex Rodriguez would see time with Yankees this season, New York hasn’t found ways to put together wins since the break, falling to fourth in the division.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
15

56-55 2 7/17
While looking poised to take the NL West earlier in the season, the Diamondbacks are falling further and further back in the division to the resurgent Dodgers.
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16

54-58 - 3/18
The Nationals need to find a way to start putting together wins soon before the postseason gets out of reach. Unfortunately, it may already be too late for Washington.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
17

52-60 - 17/27
Kyle Seager has been hovering around a .300 batting average the past week and has been leading Seattle’s lineup over the past month.
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18

51-60 1 2/26
The Angels fell victim to the Rangers' three-straight walk-off wins in Texas last week, but did manage to take three of four back at home against the Blue Jays.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
19

52-60 5 12/29
The Padres will need to make contingency plans for the absence of Everth Cabrera, who had been leading the team in several offensive categories this season.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
20

50-61 2 12/27
Losses are continuing to pile up for the Phillies and the team didn’t make any moves at the trade deadline to start the rebuilding process in a season that is all but lost in Philadelphia.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
21

48-61 1 19/27
Aaron Hicks and Scott Diamond were sent to Triple-A last week after the pair’s recent struggles, giving top prospect Oswaldo Arcia a chance to his showcase his skills on the major league level.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
22

52-61 1 4/23
The Rockies looked like they would be the surprise team of the season earlier in the year, but now look far from that after a disastrous July has put Colorado further behind in the NL West.
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23

50-61 - 1/23
In last place in the division and 12 games behind the first-place Dodgers, the Giants aren’t looking like they will have to chance to defend their title in the playoffs.
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24

49-62 4 20/28
The Cubs only came away with one win last week in eight games. Top prospect Logan Watkins will get a chance to play in the majors after replacing injured infielder Luis Valbuena.
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25

52-60 - 8/27
The Blue Jays took two of three from the AL West-leading Athletics, but didn’t do well in LA. If the Blue Jays can start winning again, they may have enough time to make some noise in the playoff races.
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26

49-60 - 16/29
David Wright hit the disabled list for the Mets, which is sure to be a blow to an already struggling team that needs its best player on the field.
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27

47-65 2 15/30
The Brewers were having a down year before Ryan Braun’s suspension. Without their star slugger they aren’t faring much differently, Milwaukee is just ready to start fresh in 2014.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
28

43-67 1 27/30
The Marlins have some reasons to be excited for the future with rookie pitcher Jose Fernandez leading the team in most pitching categories.
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29

41-69 1 14/29
The White Sox have lost their last 10 games entering the week and could end the season fighting the Astros for next year’s No. 1 pick in the MLB Draft.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
30

37-74 - 28/30
Jarred Cosart, the Astros' top prospect, is showing he is ready for the big leagues. In four starts, the righty has allowed only one earned run in three of his starts and exactly zero runs on two hits in his debut.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets

 

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AL Standings

Eastern Division

TEAM W L
Yankees 10 7
Orioles 8 7
Blue Jays 9 8
Rays 8 9
Red Sox 7 10

Central Division

TEAM W L
Tigers 7 6
Royals 8 7
Twins 8 8
White Sox 8 9
Indians 7 9

Western Division

TEAM W L
Athletics 11 5
Rangers 10 7
Angels 8 8
Mariners 7 9
Astros 5 12

NL Standings

Eastern Division

TEAM W L
Braves 11 5
Nationals 10 7
Mets 8 8
Phillies 7 9
Marlins 7 10

Central Division

TEAM W L
Brewers 12 5
Cardinals 10 7
Pirates 8 9
Reds 7 9
Cubs 4 11

Western Division

TEAM W L
Dodgers 10 7
Giants 10 7
Rockies 9 9
Padres 8 9
Diamondbacks 5 14